Finish of the Line: Exploring Unseen Terminal Subway Stations
Report by Urbanist, filed under Photography & Video in the Art group.
Bustling hubs give way to spindly spokes, infrequently taking locals to specifically distant destinations and frequently entirely unseen by vacationers and other vacationers. In the city company or pleasure and lost your way? Sorry, last quit, people – everybody out.
German video journalist Janosch Delcker has created 2 short documentaries (Finish of the Line components one and 2) exploring the terminal factors of public transit lines in Berlin and New York, respectively. These locations are off the beaten path for most urbanites, and are primarily identified as end stops that indicate you are taking the train in the proper route.
His brief movies are straightforward documentaries of the mundane, harshly-lit reality of unloved subway tunnels, stops and stations far from metropolitan centers. Per Pop-Up City, “Delcker’s brief, atmospheric documentaries draw on French anthropologist Marc Augé’s idea of the ‘non-place’ — ‘a area which can not be defined as relational, or historical, or concerned with identity’.” Beyond impersonal spaces, although, Delcker’s urban operate also features personal stories:
In his Urban Observations series, Deckler characteristics “A drag performer, a cartoonist, a curator, a filmmaker, an writer and a painter.” The series “followed 6 artists via New York City and 6 by means of Berlin. Every single one particular has a story to inform. Each and every 1 has a previous. Each and every one particular has dreams.”
“The 12 videos of the series type a mosaic a portrait of New York City and Berlin in the age of economic downturn. Episodes of Urban Observations were screened at festivals and occasions in Berlin, London, and New York City. The series was awarded with the 2012 Mulert Award on Mutual Understanding.”